To Serve the Gods

1982, 33 mins.

To Serve the Gods

“In just over half an hour, TO SERVE THE GODS introduces us to the intricate system of belief, ritual performance and aesthetic values during an 8 day service for the gods in southern Haiti. It exemplifies the close relationships between the gods, the land, and the extended family – both living and dead – in one rural community. Recommended to anthropologists, students of Afro-Caribbean religions, also to general audiences interested in Haitian life.”

“The films attain a remarkable purity of social truth and spirit. You can do fieldwork in these films as if you were in a Haitian village. These films are Haiti, kept in love.”
Robert Ferris Thompson, YALE UNIVERSITY